Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Quotes

  • ''A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last
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  • ''“Theres a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
    but Im too tough for him,
    I say, stay in there, Im not going to let anybody see you.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“there is a place in the heart that
    will never be filled

    a space

    and even during the
    best moments
    and
    the greatest times
    times

    we will know it

    we will know it
    more than
    ever

    there is a place in the heart that
    will never be filled
    and

    we will wait
    and
    wait

    in that space.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Of course its possible to love a human being if you dont know them too well.”''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where youre allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. Its like killing yourself, and then youre reborn. I guess Ive lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“We are
    Born like this
    Into this
    Into these carefully mad wars
    Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
    Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
    Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
    Born into this
    Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
    Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
    Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
    Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”''
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum
  • ''“I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire
  • ''“People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Women

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Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

A Smile To Remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, ...

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The Retreat

this time has finished me.

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